Paper. What’s the big deal?

How’s your spring clean going, fam?

I took last weekend off from working with my mom on her room reorganization project because she wanted to make some headway on her own! She’s been going through folders and folders of files, making hard decisions about what to keep and what to purge. Hard because, like so many of us, she’s got a fierce relationship with paper. On top of loving paper things, there’s also the pressure paper brings. Paper can be really sentimental! It also used to be really important. Remember the need for a paper trail? (I mean, it’s tax season, after all. Y’all know what I’m talking about!)

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Mindful and Efficient Book Sorting in 10 Steps (including breaks!)

Happy April! How’s that spring cleaning going?

One big ol’┬átip I have for anyone starting a large organizing project: BE METHODICAL.

Pick your starting point, and work through your space as if you’re reading a book: work from left to right and top to bottom. Go one shelf, one drawer, and one box at a time. That way you won’t get overwhelmed about what to sort next — it will always be clear.

If you’re just joining us, this is a post in a spring cleaning series documenting the work that I’m doing with my mom to reorganize and repurpose my childhood bedroom! After we sorted the paper piles, the next step in making my mom’s dream guest room/art studio/office a reality was to work through a bookshelf. Why? Because there was a bookshelf in the corner we chose to start in!

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